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Pacer girls soccer makes quick work of Grants Pass

Three different players score as the Pacers move on to face Forest Grove


MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Ashlynn Lawston tries to get past a Grants Pass defender in Saturday's game. She scored the Pacers' third goal in a 3-0 win.The Lakeridge girls soccer team emerged from the rain last week with a workmanlike 3-0 victory over Grants Pass to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Playing on a sodden home field, the Pacers scored a pair of first-half goals and didn't let the Cavemen back into the contest in a dominant victory.

It took Lakeridge a few minutes to get accustomed to the conditions but the Pacers enjoyed the possession advantage for the majority of the game.

Midway through the first half, Lakeridge broke through when Shannon Walton fed Natalie Bristol who converted from 10 yards away to give the Pacers the advantage.

Lakeridge stayed aggressive for the majority of the game, knowing that the rain increased the chances of giving up a flukey goal.

The Pacers would go up 2-0 later in the half when Walton put heavy pressure on the Grants Pass defense again, hitting a dangerous ball that the Cavemen would inadvertently knock into their own net.

Lakeridge carried the two-goal lead into the second half but knew there was still work to be done.

While continuing to come up with the better scoring chances and holding the ball in Grants Pass's side of the field for the majority of the second half, the Pacers would eventually put the game away.

Ashlynn Lawston converted on a shot from straightaway and Lakeridge advanced.

Lillie and Sophie French also had strong performances, capping a long day for them. The sisters competed at the state track meet earlier in the day and then made the drive up from Eugene for the evening's playoff game.

Lakeridge moved up to face a dangerous Forest Grove team on Wednesday but results were not available at press time.